CALL FOR TESTIMONIES FROM PEOPLE WHO FACED CHARGES FOR HELPING MIGRANTS
What we plan to do - Collection of stories about deportation experiences:
In order to address concerns about policies which punish citizens who assist undocumented migrants, PICUM collects stories of people who faced criminal charges for helping undocumented migrants.
The collection of testimonies is part of the research project "Anti-Smuggling Policies and their Intersection with Humanitarian Assistance and Social Trust" which is coordinated by PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in cooperation with Queen Mary University London (QMUL).
The focus is on testimonies from the UK, Italy, Hungary and Greece.The stories will be published and shared on the project partners’ websites and social media as well as disseminated among policymakers, PICUM members and partners, other civil society organisations and media.
- People who submit testimonies should not be required to lead separate interviews or otherwise have to invest a lot of time in this but rather help us identify stories and our team will be happy to follow up.
- We encourage you to also share this document with other contacts you have, particularly in the UK, Italy, Hungary and Greece, who may wish to contribute to this collection of stories.
The aim of the story collection is to show how policies negatively affect citizens who try to provide the most necessary help and services to migrants. The stories also aim to give a voice to those who faced charges or punishment.
All stories will be shared with sole the purpose of advocating for migrants’ rights.
What we need:
- Length: The stories/testimonies can reach from a short quote, a few sentences to longer narratives but should not be longer than 1 A4 page.
- Format: Stories can be contributed in written form or audiovisual formats, PICUM can do a short interview, contributors can also speak up through creative means such as drawings, poetry etc.
- Perspective: Ideally, the person affected should be speaking but in cases where this is not possible, supporters, family members of friends can provide a testimony. Stories should give an insight into an individual’s feelings and emotions as well.
- Language: stories in languages other than English can be translated by the project partners.
- Please include the following details: name (can be changed for reasons of anonymity), age, nationality/origin, country where you or another person faced charges.
- If you are an organisation which already has such testimonies, please feel free to share them with us even if they are a couple of years old or in a language other than English.
Photos and audiovisual material:
The stories will be more telling and will have more impact if accompanied by a photo. We understand that it is highly sensitive to include images of people who are undocumented and those assisting them.
Images that do not show an individual’s face but show them from the back or their living surroundings can also be effective and we may in case edit photos to avoid that an individual is exposed.
In all cases, you should have the informed consent of an individual and permission of a parent in the case of children that a photo can be published, whether the person is identifiable or not, and whether they will be anonymous or not.
Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or need assistance with compiling a story.
Please send any proposals for by 30 June to elisabeth(at)picum.org .
- PICUM's Books of Solidarity, which address the criminalisation of assistance in the EU - Click here